1974 (age 44)
MC Crown (real name Mitch Kroon) is one of Holland’s true MCs, producer, singer, pianist and songwriters. The former Caribbean resident has a solid musical upbringing and a strong track record in producing hit records that combine quality and soul as well as crossover potential in today’s modern music scene.
As a quick background, MC Crown was born in Curacao in 1974. Raised in a family of musicians, his father was a famous bass player back in the days in a band called “The Crowns”. One could say that the circle is now complete!
His uncle was the lead singer in the band. His mother played the keys and organs, other uncles played guitar, drums and sang backing vocals. The musical vibe that was present in his family from such an early age inspired him to take music seriously. At six years old his mother gave him a piano for his birthday and he fine-tuned his skills with piano lessons. Amazingly, Crown still has the very same piano and many songs were written on this instrument! After 10 years of intense training, Crown is proud to call himself a true pianist. With his Caribbean background and jazz educated style he can make almost any kind of tune with skill, soul and true quality.
Fast forward to the present day and it’s clear the skills learnt at an early age have paid off. After relocating to Holland, Crown began experimenting with his voice, and also, crucially, found a real talent for producing projects for others.
To date, Crown has written and produced songs for artists such as Re-Play, Dignity, Nasty, David Goncalves, JK, Sat-R-Day, Ivan Peroti, Def Rhymz, Ebon-E, Milton (Ex-Romeo), Lloyd de Meza, Fouradi, P.Moody and many more.
He then started recording his first single and album project with a group called Sat-R-Day. After working with different producers and song-writers he started his own production company called: EC-Music (named after his two sons, Edi..o & Cordell).
Then came the big one. Crown experienced a major breakthrough with Fouradi's track"1 Ding" (produced by Crown) was a national hit all over the Lowlands, reaching number 11 in Holland's national top 40. The follow up production for artist LLoyd de Meza ft. Crown entitled "Niemand Weet" also made huge waves in the industry.
Crown is no stranger to producing music for Extrema; in 2005 he was behind Mischa Daniels’ track “So Strong” and is also behind this year’s theme (see next section).
Let’s not forget that Norway’s ultra-hot Flamingo Records are due to release “Virual Insanity”, a track with the vocals and lyrics penned by Andy Shearman & Crown.
Away from the studio, Crown has a major presence live, with regular MC gigs alongside the top DJs in the industry. This month he has the honour of performing a track he has written to close top Dutch dance festival Extrema! The track is entitled Rene Amesz ft. Andy Shearman & Crown “Anthem Extrema outdoor 2008”. The performance will be complimented by an amazing visual show by the legendary Geert Huinink, who has worked on spectacular productions with top names including Holland’s biggest ever spinner, Tiesto.
Crown also MC’s alongside the top names in the Dutch scene including the likes of D-Rashid and Hardsoul / DJ Roog.
What a year so far for Crown and what a name to watch in 2008!
Mischa Daniels: So strong (written by Crown) 2005 (Extrema outdoor anthem 2005)
Mischa Daniels: Ghetto Groove (vocals and lyrics by Crown) 2005
Mischa Daniels: Last Night (cover Justin Timberlake) 2005
Crown: Latin Brutality (produced by Crown) 2006
Lucien Foort: Sound of Love (vocals by Crown) 2007
Groovenatics: Joy (lyrics and vocals by Crown)
Muzzaik: By my side (vocals and lyrics by Crown) 2008 not yet released!
Fedde le Grand: Let me be real (vocals and lyrics by Crown)
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